■ Amalgamated Capital, the New York-based leveraged finance division of Amalgamated Bank, has announced it served as sole lead manager of $15 million in senior secured credit facilities in support of the acquisition of Marshall Emergency Services Associates by Atlanta Equity Investors. AmalCap provides cash flow-based senior secured financing to support investments made by private equity sponsors in high-quality, lower middle-market companies across the United States.
Based in Lexington, Marshall Emergency Services Associates staffs and operates emergency departments and hospital medicine programs in hospitals throughout Kentucky on an outsourced basis. Atlanta Equity Investors, headquartered in Atlanta, is a private equity firm with $109 million in capital under management, focused on making investments in growth companies located primarily in the Southeast.
■ Granite Transformations, a division of Trend USA that offers alternatives to traditional counter tops, backsplashes, floors and more, is now open at 3020 Lakecrest Circle, suite 600.
Franchisee John-Marc Brooks also owns a Granite Transformations franchise in Columbus, Ohio.
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The store offers free in-home consultations; the showroom is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 am.-2 p.m. Saturday. The store is open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Phone: (859) 223-0545.
For more information, including franchise opportunities, visit granitetranformations.com.
■ Local artists have teamed up to coordinate their efforts and their networks in a brand new company, TasTe., located at 430 West Maxwell Street. The store's motto is: "Kentucky's alternative, period."
The TasTe. collective opened its Maxwell gallery on Sept. 2 to host Lexington artist Eric "ricStep" Stephens and debut its first exhibit.
Founders of the creative group have expressed an interest in maintaining anonymity to forward the agenda of TasTe. as community property.
TasTe. will provide a space for artists to be inspired and work, and a nighttime venue for deejays, recording artists, musicians, visual artists, writers and community intellectuals to come together.
Compiled by Dorothea wingo